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The Best Chinese Food in Chicago

The Windy City is home to the second-largest Chinatown in the nation, and that buzzing, culturally rich community is certainly the premier place to go to dine on the best Chinese food in Chicago. Yet, with a dining scene as acclaimed across the board as Chicago’s, there’s amazing Chinese cuisine to discover in every neighborhood from the Magnificent Mile to River North. But where do the smartest, savviest diners eat out? This is our Tastemakers List. We've gathered data covering thousands of restaurants to determine the top spots among OpenTable's most experienced diners. These are the amazing eateries that Chicago locals and visitors who are in the mood for some top-notch Chinese cuisine should check out. We suggest booking a table at one of these Chinese restaurants for dinner tonight.

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8 Restaurants
Updated 26 February 2020
Restaurants:Shanghai Terrace, Duck Duck Goat, TAO Asian Bistro - Chicago
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Chinese, Asian
Neighborhoods:Gold Coast / Streeterville, West Loop, River North (Chicago)
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Shanghai Terrace

$$$$
Chinese
Gold Coast / Streeterville
4.8
1928 reviews
Along with promising some of the best Chinese food in Chicago, Shanghai Terrace also boasts some of the best views. From both the seasonal terrace and main dining room on the fourth floor of the five-star Peninsula hotel in River North, diners get unmatched views of Magnificent Mile skyscrapers along with a slice of Lake Michigan. The food is exceptional too. Chef Elmo Han blends Cantonese and Shanghai traditions in his stunning dim sum and full-size dishes. Expect luxurious items like dumplings stuffed with foie gras and duck, lobster and abalone, and a traditional five-course Peking duck meal. Zagat survey declared Shanghai Terrace the No. 1 Chinese restaurant in Chicago.

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Duck Duck Goat

$$$$
Chinese
West Loop
4.8
4238 reviews
Duck Duck Goat and its innovative Chinese-American cuisine is the brainchild of chef Stephanie Izard, a winner of television’s Top Chef. True to the restaurant’s name, its menus include a number of tempting duck and goat preparations. Among them are goat belly lo mein, duck fried rice with a soft-boiled duck egg, and goat and duck spring rolls. Dim sum offerings include such old-school items as shrimp toast and crab Rangoon along with unexpected treats like wood-fired duck hearts and shrimp and goat soup dumplings. The venue also nods to nostalgic U.S. Chinese restaurants with lazy Susan tabletops, paper lanterns and bold red accents.

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TAO Asian Bistro - Chicago

$$$$
Asian
River North (Chicago)
4.6
1799 reviews
Tao Chicago opened with great fanfare in 2018, revealing an astonishing reimagining of a circa-1892 landmark in River North. The historic property, with its stone structure and architectural details preserved, became a multi-story restaurant, lounge and nightclub, each functioning in its own distinct space. The restaurant is high on drama. A 40-foot grand staircase with built-in banquette seating is its centerpiece, and a 3D projector creates waterfalls on the wall. The menu is comprehensive with 14 sections, among them small plates, dim sum, tempura, sushi, yakitori and entrees from the sea, sky and land. A few exemplary pan-Asian classics include miso-roasted black cod, yellowtail sashimi, Mongolian beef and drunken lobster pad thai.

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Lao Sze Chuan - Downtown

$$$$
Chinese
River North (Chicago)
4.5
667 reviews
Sichuan-born chef Tony Hu opened his first La Sze Chuan restaurant in Chicago’s Chinatown in 1998. He’s since expanded the concept into a chain of nine restaurants across Chicago and beyond, including a downtown venue on Michigan Avenue. Travel and Leisure called La Sze Chuan the No. 1 Chinese restaurant in the United States, so there’s no doubt it promises some of the best Chinese food in Chicago. Critics celebrate the cuisine’s authenticity, while all diners recognize its across-the-board excellence. The menu is a tome, offering dishes in the hundreds. Narrow it down to the “Customer Top 20 Picks” for favorites like mapo tofu, chef’s special dry chili chicken, garlic peapod leaves and a seafood platter. Or, take an adventurous route by ordering one of many uncommon meat, fish and offal dishes like double-fried fresh frog, jellyfish Shanghai style and stir-fried duck gizzard with cowpeas.

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Big Bowl - Chicago

$$$$
Chinese
River North (Chicago)
4.4
1065 reviews
Big Bowl, a mid-sized regional chain with three restaurants in Illinois, builds upon the concept of generously portioned bowls of Chinese and Thai cuisine. The downtown Chicago venue is just west of Michigan Ave. Here, lunchtime customers enjoy signature Chinese and Thai entrée bowls, among them classics like kung pao beef, orange chicken and a variety of pad thais. The dinner menu is likewise split into Chinese and Thai sections, plus tempting appetizers like potstickers and spicy Sichuan green beans. There’s also a build-your-own stir fry option with a choice of vegetables, proteins, sauces and rice or noodles. Eight options in each category make for ample custom options.

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P.F. Chang's - Northbrook

$$$$
Dim Sum
Northbrook
4.1
340 reviews
P.F. Chang’s is one of the most popular Chinese restaurants in Northbrook thanks to its from-scratch pan-Asian-influenced cuisine prepared with fresh ingredients. Signature dishes like lettuce wraps, walnut shrimp and Mongolian beef are always highlights of the menu, but don’t overlook the hand-rolled sushi, dim sum, soups and family-style noodle dishes. Vegetarians find ample options too, among them Buddha’s feast with five-spice tofu, a host of fresh vegetables and shiitake mushrooms. The Northbrook restaurant has a three-hour happy hour on weekdays and is open daily for lunch and dinner until late.

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Big Bowl-Lincolnshire

$$$$
Chinese
Lincolnshire
4.5
2459 reviews
The Big Bowl restaurant in City Park, not far from the Lincolnshire Commons, has been one of the region’s most popular Chinese restaurants since it first opened in 1998. Big Bowl’s signature is Chinese and Thai dishes with bold flavors. As the name of this small-chain restaurant (there are seven in total) suggests, it presents most menu items in big bowls ideal for satisfying hearty appetites. Options include Chinese classics like orange chicken and kung pao beef, a poke bowl and various versions of pad Thai among the Thai sections of the lunch and dinner menus. There’s also a build-your-own stir fry. Rounding out the menu are appetizers, soups, signature cocktails, house-made ginger ales and craft beers.

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PL8 Restaurant

$$$$
Chinese
Barrington
4.2
953 reviews
Pan-Asian cuisine reimagined for contemporary Midwestern diners is the signature of PL8 restaurant in Barrington. Both lunch and dinner menus are lengthy, with most of their space dedicated to small plates, classic plates and signature plates. There’s also a full sushi menu. Among the shareable small-plate highlights are a ginger- and cilantro-tossed crispy calamari, crispy Canton shrimp and kamikaze boats, which feature spicy tuna inside crisp lettuce boats. Notable Chinese favorites among the specialties include the smoke-infused mei-ji shrimp with asparagus and dry-fried shredded beef with finger bamboo in a spicy Sichuan sauce. Note that PL8 presents a gluten-free menu as well as numerous vegan and vegetarian items.

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